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Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) for Skin Cancer: What to Expect

Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) for Skin Cancer: What to Expect

At HK Dermatology in San Juan Capistrano, California, our board-certified dermatologists understand the importance of safe, effective, and comprehensive skin cancer treatment. That’s why we are pleased to offer superficial radiation therapy (SRT) with the state-of-the-art SRT-100TM system. 

SRT is a non-invasive and highly targeted treatment option with a proven track record of successfully treating several types of non-melanoma skin cancer. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with skin cancer and are considering SRT, understanding the process offers peace of mind.

Keep reading as we provide a closer look at SRT and what you can expect when you undergo this innovative therapy. 

Superficial radiation therapy: An overview

Superficial radiation therapy is a precise, non-surgical treatment option that specifically targets basal or squamous skin cancer cells on or near the surface of your skin. It uses low-energy X-rays to deliver radiation to the treatment area. 

The energy destroys non-melanoma cancer cells while minimizing damage to your surrounding healthy tissue. The powerful X-rays reach up to 5 millimeters below the surface of your skin, stopping cancerous cells from dividing and spreading.

SRT is an excellent alternative to surgical procedures for non-melanoma skin cancers, providing a highly effective (97%) and pain-free treatment — without the need for incisions or risk of scarring and infection. 

What to expect during SRT

The first step in your SRT journey involves a consultation with an experienced dermatologist at HK Dermatology. During this consultation, we evaluate your diagnosis, review your medical history, and comprehensively examine the affected area. 

Based on our findings, we determine if SRT is the right treatment option. If SRT is deemed appropriate, we create a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique needs, from the number of sessions needed to any additional therapies required. 

Quick and pain-free

SRT treatment sessions are typically quick. The number of sessions required depends on the type, size, and location of the skin cancer being treated. SRT sessions are painless and well-tolerated.

Our team guides you through the process and checks on your comfort and safety throughout each session. You are positioned in a comfortable treatment chair, and your skin is marked to illustrate the treatment area. 

Once your body is covered with a protective apron or vest, a specialized machine delivers the targeted radiation to the affected area. Our team is standing nearby, observing your entire treatment session. 

Fewer side effects

One of the critical advantages of SRT is its minimal side effects compared to traditional radiation therapy and skin cancer surgeries. Some people experience mild redness, itching, or dryness in the treated area, but these effects are temporary and usually resolve quickly. 

Your dermatologist will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your skin during and after treatment to minimize any discomfort. After completing your SRT treatment, you can return to your regular activity without downtime.

Ongoing monitoring

Our HK Dermatology team is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and guidance throughout your healing process. As your treatment progresses, we may adjust your radiation plan to achieve maximum results. 

After completing your SRT sessions, you can expect regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure the successful outcome of your treatment. These appointments are essential for evaluating your response to treatment and addressing any concerns or questions.

Have more questions about SRT for skin cancer? Get personalized answers by scheduling a consultation online or over the phone at HK Dermatology in San Juan Capistrano, California, today.

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